The Story of Orange Avocado Jewelry...

  • A Study in Color

    Published Oct 30 2017 in Custom Pieces

    Denise has been a long time customer of my work for the past 4 years.  She exudes confidence and individuality whenever I see her.  Denise contacted me to for a custom piece for her birthday.  I was honoured, as she said she had been looking for a custom set for the last 2 years and came back to my work after her search.  Some direction was given to me with regards to a personalized piece, a love of blues and greens, mixed metals and a slightly bold aesthetic.  I love it when I am given artistic license for the design!  
    My process is often to ponder ideas in my head for a couple of days, complete a drawing and send it off to the client for initial approval.  I wanted to design something that would be enduring with all of the characteristics that Denise wanted.  
    The final pieces really signified a collaboration of a client's wishes and her everyday style. Thank you Denise for entrusting such a special day with jewels dripping with color and style!

  • The Layered Heart Necklace: Fashion With Compassion 2017

    Published Oct 27 2017 in Philanthropy Jewelry



    Honoured to be asked by Sorrentino's Compassion House to design another necklace for their Fashion with Compassion 2017 Gala: Into the Unknown.  The Layered Heart Necklace is composed of a bronze heart each individually metal worked in my studio in Edmonton.  This necklace is adorned with steel and sterling silver chain, hematite stone, and swarovski crystals. Measures 36" long.  125 necklaces were created for this gala and sold out during the event.

    Sorrentino's Compassion House is a safe home for women who live outside of Edmonton to have a economical place to stay while receiving cancer treatment at the Edmonton Cross Cancer Institute.  Donations to this organization enable someone to stay for $25 a night.  A typical stay is 3-6 weeks long.

    Please consider donating to this worthy cause: Sorrentino's Compassion House


  • Sisters Share an Unbreakable Bond

    Published Oct 19 2017 in Custom Pieces

    Fay wanted to celebrate her sister, Kristine's birthday, with a special piece of jewelry.  She had first contacted me a few months earlier with initial thoughts and then let her thoughts rest for a while.  She came back to me with a design that I had in my Silver Collection, but she wanted to add a personalized piece that represented the love and bond that she and her sister shared.  Her sister liked minimal jewelry and she wanted the message to be subtle, but present.  We decided upon a petite open silver link with the word SISTERS stamped on it.  
    A quiet reminder of a love shared between two sisters.  
    Thank you Fay.    

  • Arctic Blossoms: Hidden Moments

    Published Sep 06 2017 in New Collections

     

    Every day I travel the river valley trails by foot or by bike in my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. Each time the scenery changes from day to day and from season to season.  However, it is in the fall and winter months that I notice the little things.  

    I see the first leaf that turns golden yellow accompanied with the scent of fall in the air.  Snowfall comes and parts of nature are hidden under feathery layers of snow.  In those layers are arctic blossoms that will soon rise up after 4 to 5 months of hibernating.  

    The Arctic Blossoms Collection is a romantic take on those moments of yellow leaves and hidden buds. It is a jewelry collection that represents the random nature of those buds and leaves.  A feminine collection of gentle curves captured in little packages of bronze and silver. 


  • Mind. Body. Spirit.

    Published Aug 09 2017 in Custom Pieces

    I receive many requests for custom pieces and I am always up for the challenge. I will work with the client to decide on various elements of the piece.  

    Many times I am given direction and other times I work with more the personality of the recipient to come up with a design.

    Melaine made my job easy this time and wanted a mala beaded necklace to go with her Amazonite bracelet she had previously ordered. To complete the piece she requested a fine silver dove and stone pendant. I had never made a dove pendant before but immediately I was working in my mind what techniques I needed to use to make such a pendant.  

    There are so many things to consider: dimensions, style of pendant, textures. I decided to go with a modern silhouette of a dove. Its simplicity would stand out beyond the varied colors of the amazonite beads and the irregular stacked aquamarine pendant.  

    It is meant to be touched, and bring peace and calm to the recipient.  

    Thank you Melaine. 


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